Alleged thieves land in court
Three people allegedly connected to the burglary of the Rough and Ready Post Office have been arrested, and one will appear in Nevada County court this week.
Joy Long, 26, is charged with possession of stolen property. According to authorities, while she did not participate in the burglary itself, she had stolen stamps in her possession.
Of the two alleged post office burglars, one is being charged on the federal level, and the other is currently being held at the Butte County Jail on an unrelated matter.
The burglary was first reported on Nov. 22, a Monday, but it occurred two days earlier, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
When employees arrived at work that Monday, they found the building unlocked and about $7,500 in packages and stamps stolen, Sheriff Keith Royal said at the time.
Sheriff’s Investigator Stephen Tripp said Tuesday that a Grass Valley resident tipped off sheriff’s officers and postal inspection detectives about the burglary and provided the names of the suspects.
“Some stamps were found at one of their homes,” Tripp said.
Several days before the burglary, a post office employee reported that her key to the business had gone missing.
“It appears that the key was used to get inside,” Tripp said. “No employees were involved other than their keys being used.”
Long was arrested on Jan. 10 and pleaded innocent to one count of possession of stolen property on Jan. 13. She will appear in court Thursday for a conference to start setting the schedule for a possible trial.
Samuel Madison, 22, of Rough and Ready, was arrested on Jan. 25 and charged with theft of United States’ property. He pleaded innocent and was released on his own recognizance, Tripp said.
The third suspect, 23-year-old Dwayne Lovan, is currently being held at the Butte County Jail in an unrelated matter, Tripp said. He will eventually face charges of burglary and possession of stolen property in the post office burglary, according to Nevada County court records.
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